BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:20 A.M.) – Iranian and Hezbollah forces are legally operating inside of Syria, the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, stated on Monday.

“Russia, as well as representatives of Iran, including the representatives of the Hezbollah movement, are working here upon a direct invitation of Syria’s legitimate authorities,” he said.

“Since the very beginning, we have consistently taken a very clear stance. Everyone who is on the Syrian soil or in Syria’s airspace without the consent of the Syrian government violates the international law,” Lavrov said.

These statements by Lavrov come just days after Israeli warplanes targeted an alleged chemical weapons facility in the Tartous Governorate.

The Israeli attack would kill two Syrian soldiers and wound several others present in the area.

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2017-09-12 10:21

Well done Russia – although I would have gone much further in my diplomatic message. I would have told the Israelis to “Go F**K themselves!”